Sep
2013

Q&A: After LASIK surgery 8 years ago, eye is blurry. Should I get LASIK surgery again?

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I had Lasik surgery about 8 years ago. I am not sure what my eyesight was but my contact prescriptions were 6.25 in my left eye and 4.50 in my right. After having the surgery my left eye was close to 20/20 but not perfect like my right eye, which was 20/20 . I went back in for a revision shortly after the first surgery. Fast forward to today. My left eye is getting blurry again after many years of sitting in front of a computer. My right eye is still perfect. My day starts out ok then toward the end of the day everything is blurry out of that eye unless I am squinting. Should I go back for another revision? I don't want to mess up my eye sight. I was thinking of just going in to get contact and glasses again and only wearing them on a "as needed basis"

- Brian

Answer: 

William S. Goldstein, MD - LocateADoc.com

There are many reasons why vision can change over the years after LASIK. Cataracts can occur for patients, even in their 40s and 50s. Dry eye syndrome can get worse over the years, especially while working on computer and this can be the source of blurring.
 
 
Go have an eye examination by your surgeon or another qualified doctor (an ophthalmologist is your best bet), find out the source of the problem, then you will be able to figure out if glasses, more surgery, or simple artificial tears will help.

--William S. Goldstein, MD
Shelby Township, MI

Answer: 

Thomas L. Croley, M.D. - LocateADoc.com

Brian, My best advise is to have a complete evaluation. There can be many reasons for an eye to become blurry. Realistically a 3rd procedure is usually not recommended and may increase your risk to the health of your eye. Your eyes may just be drying from focusing on a computer all day. As we have birthdays this is a common occurrence.
 
 No matter what is happening or not happening a complete eye examination is recommended at least every 2-5 years once one is over 30 and every 2 years over the age of 40.

--Thomas L. Croley, M.D.
Ocala, FL

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